A few weeks later…
Magnus settled into his private jet, stretching out his legs and accepting a glass from the stewardess.
After the hassle of the last few months, he wasn't afraid to spend a little money to reduce the amount of exposure he had to unknown people. And having his own mode of flight transportation certainly came with its share of perks.
"Thank you. That'll be all. We'll buzz if we need you."
Magnus smiled as his bodyguard entered the cabin after locking the door and sat next to him. "You kicked the attendant out awful quick. Are you planning on using the privacy to our advantage?"
Alec rolled his eyes and gestured at his slung arm. "Still damaged goods, remember? And you know I'm not as much of an exhibitionist as you."
Magnus grinned wickedly. "I think I can change that. And I can think of plenty we can do that doesn't require the use of your arm…"
"Oh quit your scolding. You love me."
"I do." Alec said easily, unable to help the besotted look on his face as he gazed over at him.
Magnus matched his expression. "I love you too."
Alec knew it too. He woke up in the hospital to Magnus seated in his private room, learning later that he hadn't left his side except when Alec had been in surgery to remove the bullet from his shoulder and repair the damage.
He still was enduring physical therapy, and, even with all the press Magnus had post-Grammy win and after the dramatic end to the night, Magnus still was next to him every step of the way.
He spoke to Magnus after he was free of anesthetic disorientation and found out that Sebastian hadn't survived their altercation (unsurprising, considering the bullet to his frontal lobe) and that Iris was officially admitted to a psychiatric facility to receive the overdue care she needed.
Alec was aware that the threat to Magnus' life was gone which meant his contract had ended. He had done what he agreed to do.
Of course, when he brought this up, Magnus looked more hurt than anything, and Alec quickly reminded him that they could still be together even if he wasn't his bodyguard. He had trained the others well and they'd be much more suited to keep him safe than they were when he first led the team.
In the end, Magnus convinced him that having him as his personal bodyguard was crucial, and, since Magnus would be bringing him as his date everywhere, he'd be unable to stop his natural instincts so he might as well have the title and paycheque too.
Alec had been more than happy to agree, prefering to be officially responsible for Magnus' safety and knowing it meant they'd be able to be as inseparable as ever instead of having Alec assigned somewhere far away.
"So, Alexander. Ready to check out honeymoon spots?"
Alec rolled his eyes. "We're not even married yet."
"Never too early to start planning!"
Alec picked up Magnus' left hand in his right, letting his thumb brush over the intricate band around his third finger. "If it makes you happy, I'm all for it."
"You being here makes me happy." Magnus confirmed, watching their hands and enjoying the glint of their matching bands in the sunlight streaming through the windows.
"And there is no place I'd rather be."
His eyes drifted to the city growing smaller as they climbed higher in the sky. It wasn't long after Alec's near death experience that he realized that he wasn't one to wait around to act anymore. He had been a nervous wreck, but Izzy and Jace's combined powers had talked him down and convinced him that Magnus was just as utterly infatuated as he was and wouldn't say no.
They were right, of course. It may have been far, far, far too soon in many people's eyes, but neither of them cared. Sometimes you could be sure on something and just knew when something was right.
Alec hadn't wanted this job when it was first offered. It took a lot of convincing and the lack of job opportunities to have him make the decision to accept. Now he knew it was the best decision he ever made. He never could've predicted the whirlwind that would follow, but now, sitting next to the love of his life on a flight to a faraway destination to explore the world together, well, he couldn't imagine a better life.
"You know, Sebastian may have been out to kill me, but he did take some great photos of us at that club. There are always dozens of new comments daily on that article with fans losing their minds about us." Magnus said, screenshotting the picture to save to his phone photos.
Alec rolled his eyes. "That's one way to view the hit-man hired to kill you. At least he was honest about being a photo journalist."
"Well it must be easier to claim reasons for stalking people when you have a job as a camera man."
"Thankfully, I caught on to his shifty character."
"Not at that club, you didn't. I had to drag you away so he would stop making eyes at you!"
Alec sent him a look. "You should know by now that I've only had eyes for you for too long for a British accent and nice bone structure to pull me away."
"Oh, so you think he's handsome?"
"Magnus! You're actually getting jealous of a man I literally shot in the head with a bullet?"
Magnus sighed. "Fine, fine. You're right. I'm being ridiculous."
"Plus, if I was going to talk about handsome men I've met—"
"Oh, Alexander, you flatterer—" Magnus started to say.
"—I'd talk about Underhill. Ever since he got that haircut? Damn."
"Alec!" Magnus exclaimed, hand to his chest in its usual dramatic fashion.
Alec laughed in response, squeezing his hand in apology for his jest, as Magnus searched for something to toss at him in retaliation.
No matter where they ended up, they had been right to predict their relationship would be interesting to say the least.
And neither of them would have it any other way.
* * * The End* * *